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County recognizes National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

During Cumberland municipal council’s regular meeting on Wednesday, Sept.28, Deputy Mayor Jennifer Houghtaling read a proclamation declaring Friday, Sept.30, as the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in the Municipality of Cumberland.

 Each year, Sept. 30 marks the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

The day honours the children who never returned home and survivors of residential schools, as well as their families and communities.

Public commemoration of the tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts of residential schools is a vital component of the reconciliation process.

Here is the proclamation signed by Deputy Mayor Houghtaling:

WHEREAS the Government of Canada and the Province of Nova Scotia have recognized Sept. 30, 2022, as National Truth and Reconciliation Day, a day that ensures the tragic history and ongoing legacy of residential schools will never be forgotten;

WHEREAS honouring First Nations, Inuit and Metis children who lost their lives attending residential schools as well as residential school survivors, their families and communities is an all-important step towards reconciliation;

WHEREAS The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation provides an opportunity to recognize and commemorate the history and ongoing legacy of residential schools in Canada, as well as their survivors, families and communities;

WHEREAS the day serves as an important opportunity for quiet reflection or community participation, coincides with Orange Shirt Day and leads into Treaty Day and Mi’kmaq History Month in October;

THEREFORE I, Jennifer Houghtaling, Deputy Mayor of the Municipality of the County of Cumberland, on behalf of the Cumberland municipal council, proclaim Sept. 30, 2022, as Truth and Reconciliation Day in the Municipality of the County of Cumberland.

FURTHERMORE, in a spirit of reconciliation we urge all residents of the Municipality of the County of Cumberland to take time on Sept. 30, 2022, to have important discussions about Canada’s history of residential schools and to reflect on how we can all work together towards a fair, equitable and inclusive community, province and nation.

- Jennifer HoughtalingDeputy Mayor, Municipality of the County of Cumberland